Research shows that teenagers who choose to pick up a book for pleasure are more likely to succeed. Encouraging them to do so, however, isn’t easy.
It is with this in mind that we passionately pursue the development of reading in our school. Pupils have the opportunity to read to an adult at least twice a week - adults actively model reading for pleasure and pupils are encouraged to read aloud in different environments. Additionally, all tutor groups have a class reading book, which can be read during tutor times. It is hoped that a love of reading and an appreciation of literature will develop during our pupil’s time at the Polygon.
Information, such as the book's title and amount of minutes read are recorded in the pupil's individual reading log. On Thursdays, the minutes are added up and the individual pupil progresses along the ‘Readathon’ board in our library. At the end of each half term, the pupil with the most minutes receives a prize.
These minutes also contribute to their tutor group's weekly amount. The group with the most minutes for the week receive the Reading Cup during Friday's assembly.
To help personalise development in pupils reading, last year we signed up to LexiaUK, a bespoke programme to help students develop the six areas of reading, covering early phonological to advanced comprehension skills. The program creates personalised learning paths for each student through an adaptive placement and scaffolded activity. The six areas for development are:
Lexia provide a Core5 working example. Try making a mistake to test their 'tailored scaffolding technique'. Please click the link below: